Title

Common Health for the Commonwealth 9th Edition: Report on Preventable Conditions and Social Determinants of Health

UMMS Affiliation

Commonwealth Medicine; Center for Health Law and Economics

Date

2-8-2017

Document Type

Technical Report

Disciplines

Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Public Health

Abstract

The ninth edition of Common Health for the Commonwealth updates data and trends on preventable health conditions and social factors affecting the health of Massachusetts residents. The report covers:

  • Social Determinants of Health — the broad social, economic, and environmental factors — such as poverty, education, housing, and nutrition — that affect people’s health;
  • Health Risk Factors — individual behaviors or personal characteristics, such as tobacco use, that affect health;
  • Preventable Health Conditions — the chronic conditions (for example, asthma, obesity, oral disease) whose incidence may be reduced or managed through education, prevention, accessible and affordable treatment, and other approaches.

Comments

Client/Partner: Massachusetts Health Council

Report co-author Robert Seifert spoke with the Telegram & Gazette about the findings in the report, specifically that access to care and affordability are a challenge.

Keywords

Massachusetts, Social Determinants of Health, Health Risk Factors, Preventable Health Conditions